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Williams, John Foster 1743-1814 Naval officer; born in Boston, Mass., Oct. 12, 1743; early became a sailor; had command of the Massachusetts cruiser Hazard in 1779; and with her took the Active; was placed in command of the Protector in 1780, and on July 9 of that year engaged the Admiral Duff, which after an hour and a half was destroyed by an explosion. While in command of the Hazard a second time that vessel with others was lost in the disastrous expedition to the Penobscot River. Subsequently while cruising in the West Indies he was taken prisoner and detained till the close of the war. He died in Boston, Mass., June 24, 1814.